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March 27, 2015

'Someone should give you a blast of shotgun. Preferably in the stomach'

An Australian senator has received a letter threatening him with a 'shotgun blast' over his support of gay marriage.

David Leyonhjelm, a Liberal Democrat senator for New South Wales, said hate mail like this was common and would not deter him.

‘We actively support freedom of speech, but this does not reflect well on the company people who oppose our Freedom to Marry Bill are keeping,’ he told The New Daily.

March 26, 2015

A planned debate on a bill that would have legalized gay marriage in Australia did not take place after the Liberal Party of Prime Minister Tony Abbott yet again failed to give its MPs a free vote on the issue

The Australian Senate did not debate a bill to legalize same-sex marriage today because the ruling Liberal Party refused to let its members vote with their conscience.

Going into the last election Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that his MPs would be given a free vote on the issue if his party room decided it despite his personal opposition on the issue.

March 26, 2015

His potential web designs include lots and lots of rainbows

What do you do when you see a homophobic politician in the news trying to stop gay people getting married?

Well, you could do like one activist did and buy their official website and use it to promote same-sex marriage instead.

This is what happened to Paul Shepherd, an Idaho state representative who wants Congress to impeach any federal judges who allow gay marriage.

March 25, 2015

Country is accused of trying to export its domestic hostility to LGBTI rights

Russia has failed in its bid to block partner benefits for all gay UN staff.

The UN Budget Committee on Tuesday (24 March) voted against Russia's proposal by the by 80 to 43.

EU member countries and the US lobbied hard against the resolution while Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, India, Egypt, Pakistan, and Syria voted in favor.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in July that the UN would recognize the marriages of all gay staff and extend benefits to their partners.

March 25, 2015

Tony Perkins has claimed that the US Supreme Court issuing a definitive ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across America would result in insurrection by Christians who oppose it

Leader of perhaps the most extreme and outspoken anti-gay lobby group in the United States, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins has implied that the legalization of same-sex marriage throughout the country by the Supreme Court would provoke acts of violence by American Christians.

March 24, 2015

Watch the emotional video here

Ricky Martin has revealed his new music video in which he celebrates same-sex marriage.

The Latin star's new single of his latest Spanish language album A Quien Quiera Eschucha (To Whomever Wants to Listen) will be 'Disparo El Corazón' ('Shot to the Heart')

The video features Martin looking at reflections of same-sex couples on their wedding and other couples during happy moments as he sings about his own relationship that went sour.

March 23, 2015

Senate will debate same-sex marriage again this week

More than one million emails today (23 March) were sent to federal MPs and senators in Australia's ruling coalition calling for a free vote on gay marriage.

After Senator David Leyonhjelm announced that he would bring forward his Freedom to Marry Bill for debate later this week, advocates for and against gay marriage launched unprecedented email campaigns.

March 22, 2015

In 2014, the Tea Party favorite introduced a bill that to limit federal recognition of same-sex unions

According to multiple reports US Senator Ted Cruz plans to run for the White House.

A Houston Chronicle article reported the senator, one of the leaders of the Tea Party/libertarian wing of the Republican Party, will make his announcement tomorrow (23 March) during a convocation ceremony at Liberty University.

The Virginia college was formed by Rev Jerry Falwell, an important figure in the evangelical Christian movement.

March 21, 2015

Calling for a calm and respectful discussion, he said the language used in the correspondence he had received from those who oppose gay marriage was 'obnoxious, insulting and unchristian in regard to gay and lesbian people'

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has called for a calm and respectful discussion before an upcoming referendum vote on same-sex marriage in May.

In an address on Thursday night, Dr Martin said he had received correspondence from people who supported a 'No' vote and hit out at those who had used language that was 'not just intemperate but obnoxious, insulting and unchristian in regard to gay and lesbian people.'

March 21, 2015

But no marriages are likely to take place until US Supreme Court rules on upcoming marriage equality cases

The government of Puerto Rico announced on Friday (20 March) that the US territory will no longer defend its ban on same-sex marriage in court.

Secretary of Justice César Miranda told reporters that Puerto Rico has denied rights that others enjoy. This is not correct.'

Miranda and Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro García Padilla (pictured) are requesting that the commonwealth's legislature to amend the civil code which currently states that 'no recognition will be given to marriages between persons of the same sex contracted in other jurisdictions.'

March 21, 2015

Russia has called for a vote on Tuesday on its proposal to stop the UN from extending benefits to staff members who are in same-sex marriages

Last July United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that the organization would recognize and allow its staffers, who are in same-sex marriages, to receive equal benefits as those in opposite-sex marriages.

March 20, 2015

As long as it can choose priests 'even on the basis of sexual orientation'

The Philippines church has stated its support for an anti-gay discrimination bill, as long as it does not infringe on its 'exclusive right' to choose priests – 'even on the basis of sexual orientation.'

Earlier this month, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) clarified its stance on LGBTI issues as Congress is set to approve the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Bill.

March 20, 2015

Historic city's first LGBTI group talks to Gay Star News about Asia's young LGBTI movement

Macau tops the world in terms of GDP but on many social issues the city is still very backward, says Anthony Lam, the co-founder of the city's first LGBTI group.

The director-general of Rainbow of Macau said that he views the progress of LGBTI rights as an index of how internationalized the former Portuguese colony actually is.

Right now, the fight for LGBTI rights centers around the Domestic Violence Bill, and is one of the reasons why Rainbow was founded two years ago.

March 20, 2015

So adorable. Bonus points for the awesome Frozen dress

An adorable five-year-old has schooled the world on same-sex marriage, saying 'love is love!'

Ruby Gorry, from Ireland, twirls in her Frozen dress as she explains that she wants same-sex couples to get married.

It was released prior to the the gay marriage referendum in Ireland on 22 May.

'Two boys can get married, two girls can get married: love is love,' she says, thinking of a message to put on a placard.

'Love is love, and perfect makes perfect!'

March 19, 2015

Australian lawmakers will debate a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage for the third time in five years next Thursday amid hopes Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will finally allow his MPs to vote with their consciences on the issue

Liberal Democratic Party Senator David Leyonhjelm today announced his Freedom to Marry Bill will return for debate in the Australian Senate as soon as next Thursday.

In doing so, Senator Leyonhjelm called on Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow his MPs and senators a conscience vote on the issue.

Abbott has said in the past that his MPs would get a conscience vote on the issue when his party room decided they should and Leyonhjelm believes there is enough support amongst members of the ruling Liberal-National Coalition for that to occur.

March 19, 2015

After being raised by her mom and mom's partner, the former LGBTI rights activist has 'come out' against same-sex marriage

A US woman raised by a lesbian couple has angered many in the LGBTI community by 'coming out' against same-sex marriage.

March 18, 2015

Ruling coalition votes against the motion

Australia's national Senate has supported a motion calling on all parties to allow a conscience vote on gay marriage.

The motion, proposed by Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young, passed the upper house where opposition parties have the majority. The ruling Liberal-National coalition voted against.

'[Prime Minister] Tony Abbott should lift the gag on his MPs and let them vote freely on the issue of marriage equality. There's nothing to be afraid of,' she wrote on Twitter.

March 18, 2015

Presbyterian Church (USA) claims 1.8 million members

The largest Presbyterian group in the US has approved a change to its constitution to allow gay marriage.

Last summer, the Presbyterian Church (USA) governing body voted to redefine marriage as a 'commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman.'

But approval was required a majority of the 171 regional bodies to ratify the change. The critical 86th yes vote came Tuesday (17 March) night from the Palisades Presbytery in New Jersey.

March 17, 2015

UK Prime Minister also said we need to 'take a look' at the problems trans people face

David Cameron has said bullying of LGBTI pupils changed his mind about same-sex marriage.

The UK Prime Minister currently campaigning for re-election has said he is 'very proud' of legalizing equal marriage in England and Wales during his time in power.

The first gay couples walked down the aisle in England and Wales in March 2014, with Scotland quickly following on 31 December.

During an interview with Buzzfeed, Cameron was asked about trans rights as the possible next battleground for LGBTI people.

March 16, 2015

Official proposes gay 'rehabs' to eradicate homosexuality in the country

Indonesia's Islamic authority has proposed the introduction of the death penalty for gay sex.

The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) on 3 March issued a fatwa calling for a range of punishments, from caning to the death penalty, for homosexual acts.

Hasanuddin AF, chairman of the MUI’s fatwa commission, said the edict was issued because sexual deviance was on the rise and had even infiltrated schools.

'Sodomy, homosexuals, gays and lesbians in Islamic law are forbidden and [sodomy] is a vile act that is punishable by the death penalty,' he said.

March 16, 2015

'Political correctness gone mad', Irish senator Healy Eames claims

If you live in Ireland and think it's another year before you have to buy your mother chocolate and flowers, think again.

It turns out, according to an Irish senator, the possible legalization of gay marriage will mean Mother's Day will be no more in the future.

On Twitter, independent senator Fidelma Healy Eames said: 'Happy Mothers' day all! Hope we can continue to celebrate it after #SSM passed. In some US states Mothers & Father's Day banned #pcgonemad.'

March 14, 2015

'The reality is this was just pandering to their constituents so they could say they stood up on same-sex marriage when it didn’t do anything'

Patricia Todd, Alabama's first out elected official, is confused why her colleagues support a 'religious freedom' bill that offers protection that is currently law.

March 14, 2015

Couple barred from adopting the children they co-parent because it would have 'negative impact' on them will appeal court's decision

A Taiwanese lesbian couple are fighting against a decision stopping them from adopting their children.

In the first case of its kind in the country, Neal Wang hopes to formally adopt the twins she co-parents with her partner of 15 years, Ashley Chou.

Chou gave birth to the children six years ago via artificial insemination - but under Taiwanese law, the unmarried partner of a birth mother is not allowed to adopt her children.

March 13, 2015

Perverting the Constitution and religious freedom

State legislatures across the country are disenfranchising LGBTI Americans.

Lawmakers are introducing a surprising number of bills in state legislative sessions, overtly sanctioning and enforcing discrimination. These bills are called Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRA), but don’t be fooled. These politicians are looking to codify LGBTI discrimination.

This week the Georgia Senate, with a vote of 37-15, approved their controversial RFRA (House Bill 1023).